Google Settles & Wins Lawsuit Against ‘Google Cash’ Scammers

google-legal-cash-featuredGoogle has won a $1.6 million settlement against five defendants that it sued in December 2009 over the use of Google’s name in what the company called “a widespread Internet advertising scam.”

Today’s decision involves five of the 50 defendants that Google originally sued: Bloosky, Just Think Media, Crush, Hyper Interactive, Search 4 Profit, and Viable. Google had previously settled with another defendant, Pacific WebWorks, last June.

The companies created a variety of online marketing schemes that used Google’s name, such as “Google Cash,” “Google Profits” and “Google Money Kit.” In its suit, Google said that not only do customers of those companies not get the chance to make money, but they also face monthly fees that range as high as $80/month.

Among other things, the settlement permanently forbids the companies from “using in any manner the term GOOGLE, any of Plaintiff’s Google Marks, or any terms phonetically or confusingly similar thereto in connection with the marketing, selling, offering for sale, displaying, promoting or advertising of work-at-home business opportunities, work-at-home products, and/or work-at-home services.”

As part of the settlement, none of the five companies are admitting that Google’s claims are true. And Google is dismissing its claims against the remainder of the original 50 defendants.

(Via TechCrunch. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.)

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  • Frank Adams

    I think Google had made their point on this lawsuit thus they had withdrawn their lawsuit to the other 50 defendants. It is really ridiculous to use other companies name just for the benefit of getting those sales. They may have used advertising campaigns to get those sales. They may had used advancedwebads for cheap advertising for unlimited banner impression for a flat monthly fee. I am sure they’ll get those sales in no time.

  • Brad Xavier

    I agree with Frank. These are the same type of people who give Internet Marketing a bad name. I’m almost inclined to say that they deserved every bit of what they got. Nice job Google.

  • abdul

    Wow… That was really a great News. I have been waiting for this news since couple of years. These companies are making hell in the market. Due to these companies Quality of google advertisers are decreasing day by day and gradually CPC value decreases.

    In my city some people used to run their private network “Google cash now”. What they are doing is, they are offering some 500-1000 blogs for each Home employed person. And They are creating fraud clicks on Google ads. These clicks will lead to conversion rate to ZERO.

  • MariaHF

    Good to see this happening. Brands should always be protected – even if it’s now more difficult to do so in the actual Google search results.

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